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Lawn Sprinkler Installation Cost

The cost of installing a lawn sprinkler system will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your irrigation specialist.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Increased cost

Questions to Ask Yourself

Where will the sprinkler system be installed?

$ - Only front yard or only backyard.

$$ - When sprinklers are installed in the front yard and the backyard.

Are there any obstacles that might back installing the sprinklers more difficult?

$0 – When there are no obstructions.

$ - When there are minor obstructions.

$$ - When there are large tree roots or underground pipes that obstruct the installation of the sprinkler system.

What kind of sprinkler heads need to be installed?

$ - When basic, mid-grade sprinkler heads are installed.

$$ - When professional-grade sprinkler heads are installed.

How deep do the trenches need to be dug?

$ - When trenches are dug the standard depth.

$$ - When trenches must be dug deeper in order to protect them from freezing or to be compliant with building codes in certain jurisdictions.

Related: Lawn Sprinkler Trench Depth

What is the condition of the soil?

$0 - When trenches can be dug easily and the soil is easy to work with.

$$ - When the soil is rocky or filled with clay making it more difficult to dig the necessary trenches.

Is there adequate water pressure and/or flow for the sprinklers to work properly?

$0 – When there is adequate water flow and pressure.

$$ - When steps need to be taken to increase the water flow or pressure. (This may entail the installation of a water holding tank or pressure pump.)

Does the water for the sprinklers need to be filtered?

$ - When the water does not need to be filtered.

$$ - When a water filtration system needs to be installed in order to remove sediments from the water that may clog the sprinklers. (This typically occurs when the water is supplied by a well source.)

After the sprinkler system is installed, will grass need to be seed or will sod need to be laid?

$0 - When the landscaping is left unchanged.

$$ - When grass is re-seeded or sod is laid.

How will the sprinkler system be controlled?

$ - When sprinklers are programmed with an automatic timer.

$$ - When the sprinklers are programmed with a self-regulating timer that can monitor rain levels and adjust accordingly.

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Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the installation of the sprinkler system to take?

2. Do you typically charge an hourly rate or a flat fee for the installation?

3. Will the automated sprinkler system lower the cost of my water bill?

4. Will you repair my lawn after the sprinklers are installed?

5. How deep do the trenches need to be dug?

6. Will you set the timer on the sprinklers?

7. If I have a well, is it still possible to install an underground sprinkler system?

8. If I have low water pressure, can I still install a sprinkler system?

9. Is there any warranty or service package available?

10. Are you and your crew licensed and insured?

11. Do you have any references available?

12. Does the quote include permit inspection fees?

13. What type of sensors will be installed with the sprinkler system?


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Orlando, FL 32803

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